Spike S-512

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Spike Aerospace Inc.
Websitespikeaerospace.com
Spike S-512
Spike S-512.jpg
Artist's rendering of Spike S-512 in flight
Role Supersonic business jet
Manufacturer Spike Aerospace
Status Under development
Unit cost
US$60[1]-100[2] million (est.)

The Spike S-512 is a projected supersonic business jet, designed by Spike Aerospace, an American aerospace manufacturer firm based in Boston, Massachusetts.[3]

Design[edit]

It would allow long flights for business and private travelers, such as from New York City to London, to take only three to four hours instead of six to seven.[4][5] The aircraft will not have windows for the passengers, instead it will be lined with tiny cameras sending footage to thin, curved displays lining the interior walls of the fuselage.[6]

Development[edit]

In Early 2014, the company planned to promote the project with an exhibit at the 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow.[7] Spike then expected to launch the plane by December 2018.[6] In January 2017, a subsonic scale prototype was planned to fly in summer 2017 to demonstrate low-speed aerodynamic flight characteristics, before a series of larger prototypes and a supersonic demonstrator by the end of 2018, Spike intended to certify the S-512 by 2023.[1] By Spring 2018, Spike studied a 40- to 50-seat variant for the 13 million passengers interested in supersonic transport projected by 2025.[8] In September 2018, Spike intended to fly the S-512 by early 2021 and start deliveries in 2023.[9]

Specifications[edit]

Data from Spike[2]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 18 passengers
  • Length: 122 ft (37 m)
  • Wingspan: 58 ft (18 m)
  • Empty weight: 47,250 lb (21,432 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 115,000 lb (52,163 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 56,000 lb
  • Powerplant: 2 × engines , 20,000 lbf (89 kN) thrust each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,033 kn (1,189 mph; 1,913 km/h) Mach 1.8
  • Cruise speed: 918 kn (1,056 mph; 1,700 km/h) Mach 1.6
  • Range: 6,200 nmi (7,135 mi; 11,482 km)
  • Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chad Trautvetter (January 24, 2017). "Spike Aero To Fly Subsonic Prototype of SSBJ This Year". Aviation International News.
  2. ^ a b "S-512 Specifications & Performance". Spike Aerospace.
  3. ^ "Spike Aerospace". Spike Aerospace.
  4. ^ "Spike S-512 could be the world's first supersonic business jet". New Atlas. December 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet". Spike Aerospace.
  6. ^ a b GEORGE, ALEXANDER (Feb 18, 2014). "Supersonic Jet Ditches Windows for Massive Live-Streaming Screens". Wired.
  7. ^ "New SST Contender Aims For Mach 1.8". AVweb. February 3, 2014.
  8. ^ Kerry Lynch (May 18, 2018). "Spike: Supersonic Market To Draw 13M Pax by 2025". AIN online.
  9. ^ Chad Trautvetter (September 4, 2018). "Spike Aims for Stage 5-compliant Supersonic Bizjet". AIN online.

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